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About Kathleen B.

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Menlo Park, CA
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Extensive experience teaching Accent Reduction for non-native English speakers who need to be able to speak English clearly for business and academic purposes.

About Kathleen
I am a classically-trained opera singer. I have a Bachelors and Masters in Vocal Performance and Vocal Pedagogy (teaching), and have sung professionally in the U.S. and Europe. I have sung Opera, Operetta, Musical Theater and Concerts, as well as choral and cantorial singing. I have been a finalist and winner of vocal competitions in both the United States and Europe.
I have been teaching voice since 1980, and have worked with students of all ages, from 14 to 75. I have also directed and designed for musical theater and opera. Because I love singing, I want to bring that to my students as well, whatever kind of music they want to sing. I love children, but I do not work with girls or boys younger than 14.

In addition to music, I also teach English (ESL), Accent Reduction, German, U.S. & World History. I have my CBEST C
redential And ESL Certification. I do private tutoring and teach classes.

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I believe that learning how to breath is the key to good singing. After 3 months of study, my students will have learned how to breathe, which improves both their singing and speaking voices. Good breathing is the key to good singing and a healthy voice. With a healthy, well-trained voice, my students can be valuable members of any vocal ensemble, and enjoy their singing, For solo singing, good breathing is most important, whether singing opera, musical theater or pop music, because it gives a beautiful, full quality to the voice.
I always begin a lesson with warm-up exercises, to check breathing and vocal placement. Once the (vocal) engine is warmed-up, then we begin to sing. I try to get to know my students, so that, together, we can choose music that will enable them to reach their goals and is both fun and challenging for them to sing.

In addition to music, I also teach English (ESL), Accent Reduction, German, U.S. & World History. I have my CBEST Credential And ESL Certification. I do private tutoring and teach classes.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Separate studio with Piano
I have a MacBook Pro laptop computer + stereo speakers, to provide recorded accompaniment, when necessary.

*** Travel Equipment ***
If a student wishes to have on-site lessons, I require that a piano or keyboard be available for the lessons.
I usually travel with my MacBook Pro laptop computer & stereo speakers, to provide recorded accompaniment, when necessary.

*** Specialties ***
I am a trained opera/oratorio singer, but I teach Broadway, Pop, choral and classical singers.

I have had many international students who didn't speak English well. Music is an international language that helps me communicate with all of my students!
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Elizabeth (Betsy) June 3, 2016
· Singing · In studio
I took away a whole array of new strategies and techniques to help preserve my voice and to increase my range. What a surprise- I had no idea I could sing so high!! Kathleen is a wonderful teacher and a really super lady. I'll be back for more lessons in the fall.
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Nadia N. August 10, 2015
· Singing · In studio
My daughter is really enjoying her voice lessons. Kathleen is a talented, caring teacher and knows how to make the process effective and fun for my daughter. My daughter loves being able to choose the songs she wants to learn, and this collaborative process keeps her quite interested and inspired.
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Leah Y. L. May 6, 2014
· Singing ·
Excellent Voice Teacher

Mrs. B is a wonderful and dedicated teacher who focuses diligently during class sessions. She thoroughly explains terms and technique and is friendly and sociable. Her extensive knowledge of languages comes extremely useful in Italian arias and other folk songs as to explain the meanings of words and to convey motion. Her classes are enjoyable and fun, while still being comprehensively academic.
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Kathleen B.

Kathleen B.

Menlo Park, CA 94025
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About Claire L.

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Los Angeles, CA

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I trained for three years in the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) and can help you learn a system for training your own ear to hear accents, regionalisms, dialects and then feel, in your physical body, how to make shifts in how you speak and thereby how you sound. The work is not just academic, but physical, experiential and straightforward. It is enjoyable and empowering and something you will be able to easily practice on your own and apply in the day to day for quick results. I look forward to working with you!

About Claire
I hold an MFA in Acting from the California Institute of the Arts and have been teaching professionally for over ten years. I teach Acting and Auditiong to young actors (10-18 years) and I also teach Public Speaking, Voice/Speech and Accent Reduction to those looking to find more ease and power when using their voice in front of others. I have taught, directed and coached young actors who have gone on to work professionally in Film, TV and Theater and my students have been accepted to renowned conservatories and universities across the country (NYU Tisch, California Institute of the Arts, AMDA and others). I am a passionate teacher who believes in the individual and in unlocking the creative genius, the impulses, the imagination and the unique forms of expression within each of my students. In my sessions, I encourage my students to
“play” and to discover how to both lean in and tap in to what is there and then develop relaxation, ease and focus on the task at hand - a monologue, an audition, a speech or working with a text. In addition to teaching and coaching actors, I have worked extensively in the corporate worlds in areas of Voice, Speech and Presentation as a coach and have taught group classes on Public Speaking and Presentation. I have taught and coached students from China, Russia, Taiwan, Italy, Japan in addition to the U.S. Throughout the ten plus years that I have been teaching, I have helped both actors and non-actors, those in the professional business world, gain tools that lead to freedom and ease of expression when speaking in front of others, be it at an audition, an interview, giving a presentation to a board or speaking in front of thousands at a Ted Talk.
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Maxx January 24, 2018
· Acting · In home
Claire is a professional. She is a natural born teacher who immediately clicked with my son. She gave him the tools he needed for an upcoming audition at a theatre conservatory. Anyone from beginner to dedicated professional would benefit from private lessons with her. We feel very lucky we found her with so many less qualified people out there.
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carson December 1, 2017
· Speaking Voice · In home
phenomenal intro lesson
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Claire L.

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About Henry M.

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San Jose, CA

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Broadcast Journalist with more than 30 years speaking experience. CTESOL certified language professional with experience teaching all levels.

About Henry
Award winning journalist and teacher with international experience, having lived and worked in both Europe and the United States. Certified teacher with experience in all levels and with all ages.
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TARUN CHAWLA September 20, 2018
· Writing · In home
Mr Henry helped in improving my son's writing skills. He is a wonderful teacher. My son was struggling with writing. He used to be shy of writing and now he seems to be more confident in writing. Mr. Henry not only taught him different types of writing but also improved his vocabulary skills. I highly recommend him for learning/improving writing skills.
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Shaun June 19, 2018
· German · Online
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Jacek March 16, 2018
· English · In home
I am very satisfied and happy
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San Jose, CA 95113
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About Alexandra W.

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Los Angeles, CA
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I use a variety of tools for accent reduction, including but not limited to: IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet), visual and written notation, physical exercises, and recordings.

About Alexandra
Alexandra has a BA from the University of Southern California (Recipient of Doolittle Award: Outstanding Female Performer of graduating class) and an MFA from the American Repertory Theater/Moscow Art Theater Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University. Acting has taken her to Paris, London, and Moscow and has given her the opportunity to work with exceptional artists, such as Neil Patrick Harris, Neil Gaiman, Scott Zigler, and Kevin Bright. She coaches students privately and is currently teaching at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and The New York Film Academy. She is also a monthly column contributor to the popular online arts magazine, Bleep.
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Marcus September 1, 2018
· Voice Acting · Online
Has great energy, draws on many personal examples and analogies to make her points stick. Understood my core needs from the lessons. Look forward to more!
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Tori P. August 8, 2018
· Makeup · Online
Alexandra was awesome. I enjoyed the teaching and information she was able to give me!
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Karthik J. June 14, 2018
· Accent Reduction · Online
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About Nicole B.

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Chicago, IL
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With my background as an actor and singer, I'll improve your speech habits so you can speak eloquently and be taken seriously.
Accent reduction private lessons can be taken to improve English, French, German, and Italian.

About Nicole
Nicole is available to teach lessons for students of all levels. Beginning her singing career when she was 7, she most recently sang at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, was a winner of the international CS Competition in musical theatre, and is a Chicago F.A.M.E. finalist for Jazz and popular music. Combined with her training and professional experience, Nicole teaches singers to switch gracefully between multiple styles. She practices what she preaches: one night she might be singing Beyoncé, and the next morning she might be singing Handel's Messiah!

Nicole has been a young artist for Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, Metropolitan International Music Festival, and for Tiroler Opern Programm, under international instructors, including Elizabeth Bachman (from the Metropolitan Opera), Kim Josephson (Metropolitan Opera), Sharon Cheng (Caramoor),
Michael Fennely (Carnegie Hall), Wei-En Hsu (Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra), and Candace Evans (Santa Fe Opera). Nicole earned her Associates in Theatre from Brigham Young University ('12) and went on to acquire her BM in Vocal Performance from Illinois Wesleyan University ('14). Nicole obtained additional training from Boston University, Elon University, and the University of Alaska Anchorage.
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Paul B. September 29, 2018
· Accent Reduction · Online
Nicole surely knows what she's talking about, She's the best
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Paul B. September 8, 2018
· Accent Reduction · Online
She knows her Onions.
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Gigi August 16, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Honest and professional! Overall great first lesson and experience!
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About Vandi E.

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Carmel, IN

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As a Native American English speaker with extensive training in Diction, Public Speaking, Vocal Pedagogy, and Voice for the Actor along with years of private coaching experience, I will work with you to create the right approach to lessons and independent exercises to help you get your desired results.

About Vandi
Credentials:
Meisner Training-Phoenix Theater with Bill Simmons 2017-2018
Destruction in Decatur 2017-Broadsword and Rapier and Dagger SAFD Certifications
Crittenden Opera Workshop 2017-Washington D.C.
CISCO 2017-Stage Combat Certifications
Vianden Summer Program 2016-Luxembourg
CISCO 2016-Stage Combat Certifications
MM in Vocal Performance, the University of Akron, May 2015
BFA in Musical Theater, Shorter University, May 2011
(Theatre minor and Equivalent of a piano minor)
Cosmetology Instructor's Certification and License, Gadsden State Community College, May 2007
Cosmetology Certification and License, May 2006

Vandi has extensive performance experience in multiple genres: professionally with opera, orchestra, chamber music, musical theater, straight theater, film, sacred works, church music, jazz, and contemporary music
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Dodie July 15, 2018
· Piano · Online
great lesson!
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Queen A. June 17, 2018
· Singing · Online
Hey i hope you get it .😀
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Elisa June 15, 2018
· Singing · Online
Vandi was very sweet and nice. She made the lesson fun. I’m glad I began to take lessons with her.
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Vandi E.

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About Marie M.

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San Francisco, CA
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Hollywood Film and Broadway Actress/Singer now in Silicon Valley has coached hundreds of students: performers, engineers, and business people. Marie teaches Accent Reduction exclusively and has an uncanny passion for the work.

A lot of patience, encouragement, and positive support with a splash of fun is the best environment to transform your self-consciousness to self-confidence.

Uniquely as an Asian-American actress, many of my roles required me to speak many languages and to put on a foreign accent that would convince a global audience. Using the IPA, the international phonetic alphabet, I applied a solid technique in decoding an accent and then applying it to my voice. Having worked with foreign-born scientists, engineers, and business people, I apply the same technique.

If you feel your English is holding you back and tired of people saying, “What did you say?”, I want to help and guide you.

Before your first lesson:
We'll have an initial meet & greet ...

About Marie
A native Californian, Marie is most known for her starring role in Warner Bros’ THE ART OF WAR as Julia with Wesley Snipes. Marie was handpicked by producer Cameron MacIntosh at her first professional audition for the Broadway show MISS SAIGON. Acting in films that have grossed over $400M, she has worked with Oscar, Tony, and Grammy award winning directors, producers and talent with companies such as Paramount, Fox and Warner Brothers. Has worked with talent with both Michael Mann and Oliver Stone twice each, Mark Wahlberg, and Ben Affleck.

Marie, as founder of a performing arts conservatory in downtown LA, has taught voice to hundreds of children for 10 years. Hollywood studios often called the conservatory to find talent including DreamWork’s Memoirs of a Geisha. Notable alumni include Monica Parales (Nickelodeon star, recording
artist), Melissa Reyes (Who’s the Next Pussycat ) and Nikki Soohoo (Peter Jackson’s Lovely Bones).
Having studied linguistics at UCLA and with the best voice teachers in the country from the Berklee College of Music to the Cleveland Institute of Music, Marie has clear knowledge of the anatomy of the voice, the articulators, and the specificity in creating phonemes. Her undergraduate foundation in Engineering and a graduate degree in Business uniquely positions her to coach clients working in those fields.
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Sirus October 3, 2018
· Accent Reduction · Online
she is money oriented/CLOCK WATCHING and concern about filling the time than having any usefull teaching content. On the first lesson she told me 3 times that she is raising money for her new LCD and I wanted to help!! Who does this!!

She bragged about her skills in accent reduction and 3 days she spent on analysing. BS. She is lying to your face when she didnt even spent 5 minutes.

I had an emergency on my first session, and she did nothing to make it up. Instead, she marked it as missed, and txt me that she doesnt know how to override it!!!! ( she could have not mark it as missed!!!! In first place) . Then she told me on second session, there is nothing she can do about it( really!!??? U cant even do a gesture offer to spend some time!!??). Then she is telling me she is working on amillion dollar deal, and she doesnt need 36$ :)))) and right after she asked if I wanted to help on lcd fund raising!! We had 10-15 min on actuall lesson which has no content. total BS.

I feel future students need to know about this. If she want to interpret this that im being a herk thats totally fine. Thats my civil duty to put it out there what my experience was.
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Maria August 31, 2018
· Accent Reduction · In studio
Marie is an amazing instructor! I really enjoy her methodology. Also, she is patient and cares about my progress.
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Lincoln March 22, 2018
· Accent Reduction · Online
Marie is an excellent teacher! I’m a student from China and currently studying MFA acting for film in New York. I’ve lived in America for more than 4 years. My English has gotten better after finishing college here in 2017. However, since I’m an actor now, sometimes I’m required to play roles without my thick Chinese accent in the way. With Marie’s help, my pronunciation has improved a lot in the past a few weeks. My American classmates say that my articulation is getting much better now. And I’m still just working on it!
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Marie M.

San Francisco, CA 94112
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About Nicole K.

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Seattle, WA

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I work with foreign-born professionals to help them overcome English language challenges, speak clear, understandable English and reach their full potential in an American workplace. I can help you improve your pronunciation, develop a more American accent, fine-tune your grammar, improve word choice, take into account cultural considerations and more.

Tell me what you need, and I'll create it for you. Here are some examples of specific things we can work on too: phone skills, giving presentations, interview prep, interacting with patients, selling to potential clients. And there is so much more.

When you work with me, I create a program specifically for your needs, so you can reach your personal and professional goals. Since your lessons are designed just for you, the time you spend practicing is efficient and you make progress toward your goals quickly.

About Nicole
I am an accent reduction specialist and English language coach. I am a professional educator and have been teaching for 18 years. I have degrees in teaching English to speakers of other languages, Spanish and business. I also have advanced training in accent reduction and English pronunciation. I have taught at colleges, universities and language schools, as well as private individuals and workplace classes. I have taught people from all over the world. I spent 2 years training English teachers and conducting workshops and speaking at conferences throughout China and Mongolia. I also spoke on pronunciation at the international TESOL conference in Chicago in 2018. I am fluent in Spanish, and have some knowledge of Portuguese, German and Mandarin Chinese.
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Pilar September 11, 2018
· Accent Reduction · In home
I have lived in the USA for about 20 years and couldn't recognize the pronunciation mistakes I made on my conversations, all I knew was that conference calls at work were moments of suffering and anxiety for me.
Nicole helped me to understand and correct my mispronunciation. She is an amazing and dedicated teacher with an incredible amount of patience.
After the completion of our classes I received a promotion at work and I attribute it in part to the improvements I made on my speech.
Thanks to Nicole I'm not uneasy any more about conference calls :-)
I highly recommend her!
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Julie August 11, 2018
· Accent Reduction · In home
The reason I looked for accent reduction training was I wanted to improve on my English and people understand my accent better. Our trainings were really helpful. When I started the training, I thought I just needed accent lesson, but during the process, I realized I needed the help for grammar, writing, vocabulary etc. I felt my lesson was comprehensive English not just limited accent lesson. I liked you to record my accent and listened together. I didn't like to hear my voice and accent , but it was great reality check. I also liked the motivation and encouragement from you. Your honesty was really helpful too. The favorite part was having good conversation with you. I recommend Nicole because she can detect our problem and really familiar with the problem of Asian accent. She prepares the lesson well and customize our needs. She will set the goal for you, so it is easy to follow. If you are not sure, I want you to take a test and go over with her. It would be the eye opening.
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Huy August 3, 2018
· Accent Reduction · In home
Nicole is a great teacher. She tried all the ways to help me improve my pronunciation, even the hardest sound. She patiently corrected my sound. It was a great time working with her.
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About Ryan B.

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Lawrence, KS
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We will use the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) and accent reduction techniques to help make your accent match Standard American English.

Note: Getting rid of an accent is much easier if you are already fluent in English, if you need lessons in English, please look into my ESL classes.

About Ryan
I am an English teacher with a background in Linguistics. I love languages, cultures and people from all over and I enjoy getting to know my students on a level that feels both professional and personal.

By choosing to take a lesson with me you would be skipping the difficulties that come from traditional classes like lack of talking time, uninteresting topics or non-applicable English. Here you will learn real world English in realistic contexts.

I graduated college with a Bachelor's in Linguistics and a minor in Anthropology in May 2018. In August 2018 I received my 140hr CELTA certification. CELTA is the highest level of certification possible for TEFL teachers and you can ensure you are receiving the best education possible.
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Thomas September 12, 2018
· ESL · Online
He was very knowledgeable! His personality was warm and inviting, recommend him to everyone!
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Sofia September 12, 2018
· ESL · In studio
Ryan was a great teacher!
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Christina September 12, 2018
· ESL · Online
Ryan is a colleague of mine who is a very gifted instructor. I also studied Teaching English as a Second Language. I would recommend him highly. He is patient, empathetic and very intelligent.
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